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Demonstrators are seen in Quito, Ecuador, on October 12, 2019. Amid the demonstrations, an unidentified group recently attacked the offices of two news outlets in the city. (Reuters/Ivan Alvarado)

Unidentified groups attack news outlets amid protests in Ecuador

New York, October 13, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned attacks by unidentified individuals on news outlets in Ecuador.

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Relatives and friends hold pictures in Quito on April 1 of Ecuadoran photojournalist Paul Rivas, left, journalist Javier Ortega, center, and their driver Efrain Segarra, who were kidnapped near the Colombian border and later killed. (Reuters/Daniel Tapia)

Two journalists, driver killed after being kidnapped in northern Ecuador

New York, April 13, 2018 –The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of three members of an Ecuadoran reporting team who were kidnapped on March 26 in northern Ecuador near the Colombian border and called for the perpetrators to face justice. President Lenín Moreno confirmed today that reporter Javier Ortega, photojournalist Paúl Rivas,…

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Police control traffic in a street in Ecuador's capital, Quito, in February 2017. Three members of a reporting team were abducted on March 26 while reporting in the country's northern Esmeraldas province. (Reuters/Mariana Bazo)

Two journalists, driver kidnapped in Ecuador near Colombia border

New York, March 27, 2018 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of three members of a reporting team from the daily El Comercio newspaper, who were kidnapped yesterday morning in northern Ecuador near the Colombian border.

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A vendor waits for customers while selling newspapers on his motorcycle, one week after an earthquake in Pedernales, Ecuador. A local journalist says years of self-censorship among the press led to 'timid' early reports of the disaster. (AP/Rodrigo Abd)

Correa’s legacy leaves a long road to recovery for Ecuador’s journalists

Since taking office in May, Ecuadoran President Lenín Moreno has pledged to end a decade-long battle between the government and the media. But several reporters and editors with whom CPJ spoke said that the anti-press campaign carried out by Moreno’s predecessor, former President Rafael Correa, has caused lasting damage to journalism in Ecuador.

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Ecuadoran regulators have fined seven news outlets for declining to republish allegations from an Argentine newspaper that defeated presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso, shown here in an April 3, 2017, press conference in Quito, evaded taxes. (AP/Delores Ochoa)

Ecuador fines seven news outlets for not reproducing Argentine newspaper story

Bogotá, Colombia, April 24, 2017–Ecuadoran authorities should immediately annul fines imposed on seven media outlets for declining to reproduce a story published in an Argentine newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Firing of critical newspaper editor raises concern in Ecuador

When the Quito daily El Comercio was sold in December to a Latin America media tycoon known for avoiding editorial conflict, press freedom advocates feared the newspaper would soften its coverage of the Ecuadoran government. Those concerns have now increased with last month’s firing of Martín Pallares, one of El Comercio’s most prominent journalists and…

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Ecuador newspaper shutters its presses, citing government pressure

Blaming government harassment and a related advertising slowdown, the daily newspaper Hoy ceased its Quito-based print edition Monday, and said it would transform into an online-only newspaper.

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Rafael Correa is awarded an honorary doctorate by Santiago University in Chile on May 14, 2014. Four newspapers face fines for not covering the event sufficiently. (Reuters/Ivan Alvarado)

Ecuador’s year-old media law stifles in-depth reporting

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa generated little actual news during a two-day trip to Chile last month. So Ecuador’s four main newspapers did the obvious: They published short wire service dispatches about his visit.

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Unidentified gunman kills Peruvian photographer in Lima

Bogota, Colombia, February 25, 2013–Authorities in Peru should immediately determine the motive behind the murder of a journalist on Saturday and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A passer-by stops to look at a newspaper the day after Correa is re-elected. (AFP/Rodrigo Buendia)

Battle between Correa, Ecuadoran press to wage on

In the wake of President Rafael Correa’s landslide re-election on Sunday, many Ecuadoran reporters are bracing for another four years of conflict with his left-leaning government.  Neither side claims to relish the prospect, but continued clashes seem inevitable given the bad blood that has developed between them. 

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